Kate Kelton Speaks Sep26

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Kate Kelton Speaks

You might recognize Canadian actress, model and artist Kate Kelton for her role as the first non-blonde Tic Tac Girl,or you might have seen her in the raunchy comedy Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.” More recently she’s had a higher profile on such projects as the IFC television series “Bullet in the Face” and SyFy’s “Haven.” But don’t get the idea that she’s just a pretty face with an angry attitude. Hailing from a long line of artists, Kate is comfortable in a variety of artistic endeavors.

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Kate Kelton as “Martine” in “Bullet in the Face
Courtesy IFC

Mike Parker – You are something of a Renaissance Woman. Artist, actress, author, model. I understand you even minored in philosophy while in college. Where does all of that creativity come from?

Kate Kelton – I think it must be in my family. My mother is a brilliant painter. Her father was also a painter. My great-aunt was a fantastic photographer. There are architects and pharmacists in the family, so I think the arts and sciences merge together nicely in us.

Parker – If you had to choose just one form of artistic expression, which would it be?

Kate – That is a tough Sophie’s Choice. I think they bleed into each other and can’t exist alone. That’s probably why I don’t choose. I need painting like I need air, and I need acting like I need love. If you take one away you would leave me in a shambles.

Parker – You are involved in a couple of television series; Haven on SyFy and Bullet in the Face on IFC. Both roles are strong, perhaps angry, women. Can you talk a bit about how your approach to acting such roles?

Kate – I’m not an angry person, but the anger in these characters, and the way I manage to play them, seems to be the appropriate response to injustice. Anger seems to get a lot accomplished.

Parker – Tell me about your contribution to Making It in High Heels: Inspiring Stories by Women for Women of All Ages.

Kate – It was lovely to be asked to participate in that project. I wrote about losing my father and how that impacted my life. At the time it seemed like a hard thing to write about, but I managed to draw parallels between my father and my sisters. He left such an indelible mark on my life.

Parker – You are an exuberant young lady.

Kate: (Laughs) It was ingrained in me. Being from Prague, which is in the heart of Europe, you are immersed in the ideologies that swirled around that city and caused the arts to be elevated in the structure of society. Artists in that realm are revered and elevated and appreciated. Compare that with the North American view of the starving artist, and I’m just bemused. That kernal of ideology that success in the arts is achievable, and I figured, well somebody has to be successful. It might as well be me.

Parker – What’s coming up next?

Kate – I just shot a little something that I can’t talk about yet, and I’m going to shoot a sci-fi script called, Unearthing that I’m excited about.

Parker – Last words?

Kate – I’d like to give a shout-out to the fandom of Haven. They have been so lovely to me. It’s brave, because I play a character who clearly has some drawbacks. I’d like to thank them for sticking with me.

The Seven Questions

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Kate Kelton as “Jordan McKee” in “Haven”
Courtesy SyFy

1. What’s your favorite sound?
Kate – Silence. It stems back from an exercise I did in art school. Our instructions were to work in silence; no music, to television, nothing to distract or infiltrate. The result was amazing.

2. What makes you happy?
Kate – Lying on a sweaty hot, gym mat in a yoga studio that I go to in LA.

3. What makes you angry?
Kate – Inequality that still bleeds into every corner of our lives.

4. What is the secret of success?
Kate – Success is being happy with where you are at, rather that always striving.

5. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it be?
Kate – Socrates. Because he refused to write anything down.

6. What is the epitaph that is written on your tombstone?
Kate – “Here lies Kate Kelton. She laughed a lot.”

7. When you get to heaven, what is the first thing you want to hear God say to you?
Kate – “Welcome,” with open arms. I would then like Him to point out the section of heaven that has been my cheering section where all my ancestors are.